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'Celeb' botox nurse banned after lying at Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 30/01/2023 Ellen Kirwin & Gerard Couzens

A botox nurse, who described himself as a "celebrity non-surgical aesthetician", has been banned from practising.

The ECHO previously reported that John Parker was cautioned for offering an unhappy customer a refund if she withdrew a complaint against him in 2016. He was referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) when a woman was unhappy with a non-surgical aesthetic procedure at John Parker Aesthetics Limited in Woolton, costing £2,000.

Parker then intervened and offered the angry customer a refund for her to drop the complaint. Now it has emerged that he has been struck off by the NMC and barred from practising in the UK, making it the third time he has faced a misconduct panel in recent years.

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The banning order has come after a disciplinary panel ruled he had supplied or sold unauthorised medication in Ireland, between July 21, 2016 and July 23, 2018. The NMC’S fitness to practice committee also found it had been proven Parker had lied to a police officer at Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport.

He claimed he was allowed to prescribe the drugs and told a previous disciplinary hearing boxes of medication he was found with at Dublin Airport were empty. But Parker was stopped by police at John Lennon Airport, who suspected he was carrying drugs or medication, and then Irish customs officers after he reached Dublin on July 22, 2018.

A witness told his disciplinary hearing botox was identified as being among the products he was carrying. The hearing heard he had admitted to an enforcement officer for Ireland’s Health Products Regulatory Authority he had travelled to the county to ”do some botox and fillers” for clients.

The enforcement officer also said in witness evidence Parker had confessed he had been travelling to Ireland to provide the service for a couple of years and had provided medical treatment to around 50 customers after being recommended by an Irish friend living in Liverpool.

His charge for Botox was "200 euros a pop" according to an exchange of the conversation reprinted in the 32-page striking-off ruling. The disciplinary panel cleared Parker of other charges practicing nursing without a license in the Republic of Ireland.

But it ruled patients "were put at risk of harm as a result of the registrant’s actions in supplying medication he was not authorised to supply in the Republic of Ireland."

Parker was given 28 days to appeal but an interim suspension order stopping him from practicing was imposed on him for 18 months pending his appeal decision. If no appeal is made the suspension order will be replaced by the striking off order.

Parker, who became a registered nurse in September 2002, was given a two-year caution order in June 2014 for giving botox without a prescription and using an unlicensed treatment to remove a vein. He received a three-year caution order in April 2016 for offering his disgruntled facelift patient a refund as an incentive to withdraw her complaint against him.

And he was handed a third caution, this time for five years, for claiming to have a Masters in Pharmacology at an NMC hearing a year earlier. Parker was allowed to continue working despite the caution orders.


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